See below for our lunch offer running 12-3pm Wednesday to Saturday.

We are running Saturday Brunch 11am – 3pm. Book online or call the restaurant. The menu.

Mother’s Day, Sunday 22nd March, 12-7pm. £5pp deposit. Menu available soon.

Welcome.

The ‘Old Smithy’ in Washington Village, is a 400 year old Grade II Listed building. The building has had a colourful past, formerly; a blacksmith’s forge, stables and even a pottery, it is famed locally for its connection to the capture of the highwayman Robert Hazlit, who was arrested and subsequently hanged after being spotted by a local lad, having his horse shod here by the resident blacksmith.

Things are slightly different these days.

Now ‘The Forge’, the building has undergone a full restoration and has been transformed into an eclectic, vibrant eatery, serving the highest quality, locally sourced, wholesome, fresh, seasonal British food this side of the river.
Accompanied by an extensive wine selection, locally distilled gins, real ales and great cocktails, The Forge is an excellent destination for those seeking fantastic quality food and drink, prepared by experienced talented chefs, in an historic yet cosy setting.
Our head chef, Lee Bennett, has spent the past 10+ years training and working with Newcastle’s finest chefs in some of the best restaurants across the City. Lee was awarded runner up in the recent North East Chef of the year Awards and The Forge has won Lux magazines Restaurant of the Year 2019 – Sunderland District.

We want to share Lee’s passion for food with you.

When booking online, please make sure that you receive an email to ensure that your booking is confirmed.

Lunch

Served 12 – 3pm Wednesday to Saturday.

We seat our last table at 3pm and are open all day. Book or just have a pop down.

 

 

On Saturdays we also run brunch from 11-3pm, see our social media for the latest.

 

A varied assortment of meat, fish, vegetarian small plates, sharing boards, nibbles, mains and desserts, locally sourced from the most trusted suppliers, changing with the seasons.

 

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Lunch Club Card

Join us for Lunch 4 times and get a free bottle of house wine on your 5th visit…

Please book to ensure visits are logged on our system.

Lunch 14/2/20

Served 12-3pm.

Wednesday to Friday – Any 2 courses @ 12. / 2 small plates & 1 side @ 12.

SaturdayBrunch available from 11am with any 2 courses @ 12 from 12pm.

Small plates:

Whipped smoked mackerel, beer bread toast, pickled cucumber 7.
Cream of celeriac soup, truffle and chive oil, warm bread 6.5
Marinated beets, goat’s cheese, spiced hazelnuts 6.5
Warm salad of Iberico ham, soft egg, pippa potato, anchovy 7.5
Baked hens egg, venison ragout, foraged greens, chorizo vinaigrette 7.5
Welsh rarebit on sourdough, pickled red onion 6.
Soy and sriracha glazed greens, toasted peanuts 5.
Crispy chicken ‘kiev’, mushroom butter, celeriac remoulade 7.5
Pastry of the day – ask your server

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Big plates:

Glazed chicken breast, stir-fried king oyster, black garlic, artichokes 12.
Fillet of coley, white bean and mussel broth, salt cod fritter 12.
Spiced butternut squash tatin, blue cheese sauce, walnut vinaigrette 12.
* 8oz. rib-eye/fillet, fat cut chips, peppercorn sauce 20/26.5

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Afters:

Dark chocolate tart, blood orange sorbet 7.5
Spiced apple cake sundae, almonds, salted caramel, vanilla ice cream 7.
Hand-made ice cream and sorbet, fruit and nut biscuit 5.5
* Poached rhubarb, caramelised white chocolate, pistachio, yoghurt 7.5
* British cheese, grapes, chutney, crackers 8.

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Sides 3.

Creamed potato / thin cut fries, truffle oil, parmesan / seasonal salad /
broccoli, chilli & almonds / glazed carrots, fennel and cumin / thrice-cooked chips

* Priced individually

Dinner

Served 6-9pm, Wednesday to Saturday evening. 

We seat our last table at 9pm and are usually open until 11pm for drinks.

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An ever changing varied selection of starters, mains and desserts, all locally sourced and freshly prepared, by the talented local lad, Chef Lee Bennett.

 

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Sunday Lunch

Served from 12 – 6pm, Sunday.

We seat our last table at 6pm and are usually open until 8.30pm for drinks. 

A traditional roast, chicken, pork, beef, lamb and a vegetarian option, with seasonal starters and desserts.

Half portions are available for the little ones. 

 

Example Sunday Lunch Menu

 

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Dinner 20/2/19

Served 6-9pm.

Small plates:

Cream of celeriac soup, truffle and chive oil, warm bread 6.5
Whipped smoked mackerel, crispy chicken skin, blood orange, tarragon 7.5
Marinated beets, whipped goat’s cheese, pickles, dukkah 6.5
Haggis scotch egg, buttered spinach, warm minted tartare 7.5
Roasted king scallop, pork rillettes, granny smith apple, hazelnut 9.5

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Big plates:

Skrei cod, white bean and mussel broth, brandade ‘bon-bon’ 18.
Glazed loin of venison, black garlic, shiitake mushroom, Jerusalem artichoke 20.
Monkfish tail, chorizo jam, heritage potato, caramelised cauliflower 20.
Spiced butternut squash tatin, blue cheese sauce, walnut vinaigrette 14.
8oz. Rib-eye/fillet, peppercorn sauce – choose your side 20/26.5

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Afters:

Sticky apple cake, almond crunch, vanilla ice cream 7.
Dark chocolate tart, blood orange sorbet 7.5‌
Hand made ice cream and sorbet, fruit and nut biscuit 6.
Poached rhubarb, caramelised white chocolate, pistachio biscuit, yoghurt 7.5
British cheese, grapes, chutney, crackers 8.

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Sides 3.

Thrice-cooked chips / seasonal salad / broccoli, chilli & almonds /
thin cut fries, truffle oil, parmesan / glazed carrots, fennel and cumin /
creamed potato / Korean glazed greens, toasted peanuts

 

Wine

A carefully selected choice of wine which will add a whole new experience to your meal, please ask a member of staff for their wine pairing suggestions.

Wine List

Gift Vouchers

Share the love of good food and wine, vouchers are available in £10, £20 and £50 and can be bought from the restaurant during opening hours.

What are you waiting for?

For parties of 6 or more, or if you have a special request, please call 0191 908 7621 to book.

All other bookings can be made following the link below, please make sure you receive a confirmation email for your booking.

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